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Old 01-22-2013, 09:30 PM   #23
metal massager
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Assuming "this method" applies to pdr (since the other "method" is ridiculous), its like anything else, you have highly skilled and meticulous artists and you have people who just do what it takes to make a buck. While the larger dents are not always "perfect" as you state, high 90% repairs can regularly be achieved if the time is spent. Very few body shops do "perfect" repairs either and I can usually spot a repaint without having to look very hard. (I spend my life with my eyes 6" away from the paint....haha) take the e92 below, it would have been over $2000 to repair at a shop that would do a good repair ( detrimming the whole side of the car, pulling the back glass, blending the door, etc, etc. The rental car bill for the 7-10 days it would be in the shop would have been more than the $450 I charged. Overall, I would say it was easily 95-98% in about 4-5 hours.

Yes!!! It does go down all the way to the bumper!!!

Since most cars these days are only kept for a few years 90% is perfectly acceptable to the vast majority of people. It's very important to find out customers expectations and let them know what to expect before any work is performed. My favorite customer is someone who owns a black car and describes themselves as "anal"...I know they will look closely and when they say they can't see anything, I know I've done my job.
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Last edited by metal massager; 01-22-2013 at 09:58 PM.
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